From Halloween Hustles to the Free Press Marathon: Your guide to races throughout Michigan this October

With the changing leaves and fall scenery, you’re likely to have a beautiful view while running a race this month. Whether you’re tackling all 26.2 miles of the Detroit Free Press Marathon, cheering on friends at the Zombie Dash, or running/walking a local 5K, this time of the year in Michigan is perfect for any distance or fitness level.

Here are some upcoming races where you can run, walk, cheer or volunteer over the next few weeks:


North Michigan and Upper Peninsula

  • October 5: Take in the fall colors while challenging yourself with rolling hills and steep elevation drops at the Mount Bohemia and Trail Run Festival. 
  • October 5: Unleash your inner Viking while supporting Charlevoix schools in the Leif Eriksson Day Row and Run.
  • October 12: Take in the changing leaves and beautiful colors at this year’s Mish Fall Color Run in Gladstone.
  • October 13: Bring the color of fall home with you with the YMCA Color Run in Iron Mountain.
  • October 26: Join more than 2,500 participants running and walking along the inside trails of Mackinac Island at the 24th Annual Great Turtle Half.

West Michigan

  • October 6: Keep those runners awake by decorating supportive signs at the Sleeping Bear Marathon run in Leelanau.
  • October 5: Before you hit the Halloween candy, hit the pavement and join the Bark in the Dark 5K Run/Walk – Grand Rapids
  • October 14: Grab an arm full of pumpkin and head for the finish line at The Great Pumpkin Dash in Travers City.
  • October 26: Traverse City Zombie Run 5K offers plenty of tricks and treats for the weekend before Halloween.
  • October 26: Dodge zombies looking for “fast food” and race against darkness at this year’s Zombie Dash 5K in Grand Rapids.

Southeast Michigan

  • October 5: Great Pumpkin Pursuit supports academic scholarships for Monroe County Community College students.
  • October 5: Support Ostomy awareness a at the 2nd annual Run for Resistance Ostomy in Harrison Township.
  • October 19: Attracting more than 25,000 participants, the Detroit Free Press Marathon is a fun event to bring the family to and support amazing athletes.
  • October 26: Dress the family (and dogs!) up in costumes for the Halloween Hustle 5K & 10K in Shelby Township.
  • October 27: You’re sure to have a “wicked” good time at Plymouth’s Wicked Halloween Run.

Central Michigan

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  1. Hello,
    Thank you for the great list of races!! Is there any chance we could get added to your list?

    Midland Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Rock Center 4 Youth Development to offer Midland’s second annual 5K Zombie Trail Run/Walk! The 5K Zombie Run will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Midland City Forest.

    Midland Parks and Recreation
    4811 N. Saginaw Rd., Midland, MI 48640

    1. Thanks for letting us know about your event! We will be sure to include this in our next fall race round up (check back tomorrow!) 🙂 -Angela.

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